On the 5th and 6th of October Cdt Leslie, Cdt McDonnell and Cdt Vera attended the bronze first aid course with St. John’s ambulance. The first day commenced with a refresher of the Primary Survey- Dr’s ABC. Once finished, we went on to the recovery position, which was mostly a refresher of the steps and developing understating of what it actually does and how it helps a casualty. We then went onto learning about management of major bleeding and to properly protect yourself and the person you are trying to help from cross contamination and how to treat shock. After that we went onto a refresher for CPR to ensure we all know how to deliver this crucial and potentially life saving skill. For the remaining time of the afternoon we learned about allergic reactions and spinal, neck and head injuries.
On the second day, we were taught about different burns such as hot burns, wet burns and electrical burns and what to do when different types of burns occur. We later went on to learn about what to do and what not to do if someone was having a seizure. Next we looked at what to do if someone is choking and how deliver back blows and abdominal thrust to potentially save a life. We also covered heat stroke and hypothermia. After a practice period, we went into the final assessment.
Everyone passed first time! We all feel we learned so much on the weekend and really enjoyed getting trained these life skills that could save someone’s life one day.
A big well done to all!
From the 10th of August to the 17th of August, Cpl Neville, Cdt Day and Cdt Stephens went on a camp to RAF Lossiemouth. We participated in lots of exciting activities such as flying, field craft, flying, drill competition, swimming, meeting police dogs, clay pigeon shooting, visiting hurricanes and hurricane engines, the RAF Regiment and the fire section. Whilst in the camp we made friends or life and we also improved our skills as we did a lot of drill most days and had a drill competition at the end of the week and also a flight competition and Cdt Stephens flight won. We all thoroughly enjoyed the camp and would do it again if we were given the chance again.
On the 1st of September Cdt Peoples, Cdt Urquhart, Cdt Dey, Cpl Neville and Sgt Clough from 1145 Squadron took park in the inter-squad swimming competition. We came back with 1 gold and 2 bronze by Sgt Clough and 1 bronze by Cpl Neville. It was a well organised event and everyone had a good time.
From the 30th of August to the 1st of September Cpl Nugent, Cdt McDonnell, Cdt Watson and Cdt Vera completed their bronze Duke of Edinburgh expedition. This took place in the Pentlands, cadets enjoyed the experience as for some it was a really different experience as they have never done anything like it before. Overall it was a really good weekend with most people coming back with a new experience and wanting to continue on to achieve their silver.
On the 1st of September Cdt Peoples, Cdt Urquhart, Cdt Dey, Cpl Neville and Sgt Clough from 1145 Squadron took park in the inter-squad swimming competition. We came back with 1 gold and 2 bronze by Sergeant Clough and 1 bronze by Corporal Neville.
It was a well organised event and everyone had a good time. Sgt Clough has now been invited to compete on behalf of South East Scotland at the Regional competition.
Well done all!
Summer is an exciting time for cadets, as everything shifts from being focused on the night at the squadron to camps and courses across wing, region, or corps levels. Summer camps offer amazing opportunities for cadets to visit RAF stations all over the UK and explore the various aircraft, sections and activities that are a part of service life. Many courses also run throughout the summer, providing training in a variety of skills. Here, we have compiled all the different camp and course experiences of the cadets during summer of 2019.
The main camp of the summer was RAF Lossiemouth, where 10 cadets from our squadron went spread between three week long camps. Lossiemouth is the base for Quick Reaction Alert - North (QRA) scrambling typhoons and responding to any potential threats to our airspace and as such meant a very noisy week. The cadets travelled to Lossiemouth by bus before arriving at their accommodation. Throughout the week cadets visited the various sections on base, learning about the different aircraft and functions carried out by the RAF on the station, the favourites being the Fire Station Visit and, of course the Typhoon squadron visit where they learned more about the QRA activities. In addition to the fantastic section visitis there were also a number of other activities, such as go-karting, marksmanship training, and a beach party. Overall all 10 cadets had a massively enjoyable time and cannot wait for their next camp.
Cadets also visited RAF Cosford, where the camp was mainly focused on aviation, with all cadets getting to fly in the Grob Tutor and a visit to the RAF Museum. Cadets visited the RAF police dogsand learned about the level training of police dogs and their handlers need to go through. There were also opportunities for cadets to challenge themselves on the low ropes, a low-level assault course. Overall the camp was very fun and was packed full of brilliant activities.
In addition to all the fantastic camps cadets also attended the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) as part of a "working camp" cadets are key in ensuring the running of this world renowned event assisting in setting up the various sections of the site, manning crowd lines- ensuring the safety of the public and working with Friends of RIAT however the camp is far from dull, meeting cadets from all over the UK and getting a showside view of the Airshow itself and getting to see the aircraft, pilots and crew up close. The highlight for our cadets was meeting new people and we hope to see more of our cadets taking part in this fantastic experience in future.
This summer Cpl McKenzie has the amazing opportunity to participate in the Drill and Ceremonial Camp as part of the national band, this is her first year playing within the Corps Pipe Band and she threw herself into developing her band drill skills and practising on her Pipes. Cpl McKenzie was also featured on the Drill & Ceremonial Camp Warrant Officers facebook page as she piped the lowering of the Corps Ensign.
We were also fortunate enough to have two cadets selected for courses this summer. Sgt Clough being selected for the Air Cadet Leadership course where he worked through theory and practical scenarios to develop his leadership approach and skills obtaining his Gold Leadership Badge. FS Noble was selected for the prestigious Pilot Scheme where he worked hard to develop his theoretical understanding of flight and apply this in practical flight scenarios - this experience will no doubt greatly benefit him as he begins to apply for his chosen career in the forces.
What a fantastic summer with over 19 cadets across 4 different camps and 2 cadets attending courses which will give them skills for life.
On Thursday 18th June 2019 we had an NCO and staff soaking. Everybody had so much fun throwing sponges and tipping buckets over people especially FS Lawrence and Sgt Stephens. We made a grand total of £102.70 in support of our Charity of the Year, Scottish Veterans Residencies.
On the 31st of may until the 2nd of June four cadets went on a weekend long camp. This was their first camp for all of them. There were also two cadets that went as staff this was FS Richmond and Sgt Stephens they help teach us our radio and leadership.
The cadets arrived at the squadron at quarter to seven on the Friday we had introductions to staff and done a few leadership activities so that everyone got to know each other and they all made lots of new friends on the first night. On Saturday we got up at around half past six and got dressed into our uniform then we went to the mess for our breakfast. the first activity some cadets done was air rifle shooting.The cadets really enjoyed doing air rifle but it hurt some arms because it was that heavy and they were holding it for quite a while. when the cadets got back from shooting they done some leadership activities which was quite enjoyable. some people done radio on the Saturday and then it was swapped about. At the end of the Sunday there was a final parade where all the badges were awarded., some people got trained shot and all got leadership and radio. Overall this was a really good experience and everyone enjoyed themselves and the cadets can't wait for the next camp so they can meet with all their new friends again.
On the 6th of June 1145 Squadron took part in the Inter-squadron football tournament. Looking sharp in squadron kit, we met on the Astro turf to warm up. Each SQN played 7 games with two half's of 5 minutes per game. Every SQN taking part competed for points for the Heggerty trophy, an amalgamation of points from all sporting events in the calendar. Over all, it was a fantastic day and everyone played very well, Although we didn't win anything we all enjoyed the day.
On the 27th of May, Wing Commander McCray & Squadron Leader Gray came down to the 1145 squadron to inspect our cadets and staff for our annual formal inspection, which went well.
The drill team represent the squadron's drill standards and all cadets thoroughly enjoyed talking about their projects that they've been working on since the start of 2019. The Wing Commander was very impressed with the standard of the drill team and wish us all the best for the drill competition in the coming weeks. After that the Wing Commander went around the projects and was interested in what were were doing. He also done an interview with us on what it is like to be in his role, which is displayed below. At the end of the night he presented some awards and spoke to us a bit.
We are aiming to be nominated to represent our wing at regional levels. The Wing Commander was very pleased with us and wished us all the best in the future.
On the 16th of June 13 cadets participated in the wing drill competition, something they had been practising for for months. The competition is one that the squadron takes pride in, and has had huge success in for many years, so there was a large amount of pressure on the team. All of them put a massive amount of effort into both practising for this event and the display on the day, and were all very happy to have earned second place, with Livingston squadron, the corp champions, taking first by a small margin. The squadron is proud of these cadets and their performance on the day, with all cadets thoroughly enjoying themselves.
On the 6th and 7th April five cadets from 1145 Sqn headed down to the squadron to complete their bronze radio course. On the Saturday the course was taught by Flt Lt Hall and Sgt Pritchard and on the Sunday it was taken by two of the Sqn's cadet FS who helped with the voice procedures as these can prove to be stressful to perform, especially when you are being tested!
The course would take two days of lessons and practical exercises, finishing with a theory exam and practical test. Both days were early starts to ensure that we would cover everything needed to successfully pass the final tests, as the pass mark was very high.
Like any good course, w began with a quick recap of previous material to refresh our memories. This proved to be highly useful seeing as most of the bronze course consisted of the same subjects of the blue course, only in a lot more depth. Even though many of the cadets doubted if they would pass the two tests they had to sit in order to pass, all the cadets who attended scared brilliant marks and gained their bronze radio award and are looking forward to going on a silver radio course.
Though it is great to have another qualification and another badge, we will soon be able to put these lessons into practice with increasing use of radio communication for co-ordinating events including deployed fieldcraft exercises and even running the communications at the Royal international Air Tattoo!
From the 29th of March to the 5th of April, cadets went on a camp at Leuchars Station. We participated in lots of exciting activities such as climbing, flying, gliding, canoeing, leadership, radio, map reading, shooting, clay pigeon shooting, First Aid and sports. This packed camp had great opportunities, like meeting new people and doing things you wouldn't be able to do outside of the cadets.
Only 4 people got to go gliding and it was a very good experience and i came back with my blue wings. when the gliders land you have to run after it so that the wings do not get damaged, this was also a great experience. overall this camp was really good and i would recommend going if given the chance!
On Thursday the 14th of March, multiple cadets from our squadron visited the charity's Whitefoord House. Cadets enjoyed themselves learning about the charity and how they support Veterans.
Cadets learned about the founder of the charity, Charles Hamper Burn and how the sight of veterans living on the streets inspired him to act.
Cadets also found out that the first Poppy Scotland workshop was originally located inside the residence and that originally veterans were required to work for Poppy Scotland for the housing to be financially viable.
Cadets also learned about the facilities provided to veterans by the charity such as the gym and a communal living room. Cadets also enjoyed meeting some of the people behind the charity and enjoyed learning how the money raised by us would effect the charity.
Overall, cadets thoroughly enjoyed themselves and are hoping to visit another one of their residences in the future.
What makes a good leader?
CPL John Neville represented the squadron at the Bronze Leadership Course, exploring and developing the skills and qualities that make an effective leader.
The course explored how best to balance the different aspects of functional leadership; the team, the task and the individual. The cadets learned about how to structure their teams to effectively achieved the task through the acronym P.I.C.S.I.E.
On the final day, the cadets were assessed on their understanding of what they've learned over the past weekend. A big well done to the 20 cadets who earned their Bronze leadership badge including CPL John Neville.
The course was enjoyed by all and we wish the best of luck to all the new cadets who have achieved their bronze leadership.
On the 16th and 17th of February 7 of our cadets attended a two day non residential YFA . They learned a variety of skills including how to treat shock, how to successfully use bandages, how to treat an open wound, what to do when someone is having a heart attack and Dr's ABC. At the end of the course all the cadets were tested on what they had learned and all cadets from 1145 Sqn passed, earning themselves a Youth First Aid badge and certificate.
More importantly, they all have learned the simple skills which really do save lives!
All of the cadets had lots of fun and can't wait till they are old enough to attend Activity First Aid.
Centre pitch at international rugby - no biggie if you're a cadet!
Cadets and staff from 1145 Sqn attended both the Scotland vs Italy and the Scotland vs Ireland match, at the Murray Field stadium in Edinburgh. They assisted with the on pitch national flag during the opening ceremonies and national anthems.
On the morning of the game, they were split into groups and assigned flags. Rehearsals took up most of the morning as it was extremely important that everyone knew exactly what they were doing. When the cadets went out to the pitch to display the flags they were excited but anxious as the crowd was very large. On both days the displays went perfectly well, making the cadets very proud of themselves.
They did so well, they have been invited back on the 9th March to help with the flags once again!
The cadets are all looking forward to the event after really enjoying the first two events.
On the 27th January Sgt Clough and Cdt Brown attended the Inter-Wing Swimming Competition to represent South East Scotland, held at Deans High School in Livingston.
There were 4 categories; junior boys, junior girls, senior boys and senior girls.
Each Wing could put one team/person per category into each event which were freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly, individual medley, relay medley and relay freestyle.
Sgt Clough entered the relay freestyle senior boys and placed 3rd whilst Cdt Brown entered the individual butterfly junior girls and the relay freestyle junior girls, placing 3rd in both. Sgt Clough also entered the relay freestyle senior boys and placed 3rd. Neither Sgt Clough or Cdt Brown made the regional team but still represented the wing well and helped South East Scotland come 2nd place.
Well done to West Scotland Wing came 1st place. Many of our wing team managed to get on to the regional team which will be going down to England to compete at the end of February. Both Sgt Clough and Cdt Brown enjoyed the event and are looking forward to the Inter-Squadron Swimming Competition later in the year.
On 26th January 2019 at Garvock House Hotel in Dunfermline, we hosted the 2nd Annual Burns Supper and ceilidh in order to raise funds for The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund. Many tickets were sold resulting in a high turnout for the event, which made the night full of fun and dancing. After everyone enjoyed their traditional Burns Supper, including the Eternal Memory, To The Lassies and Laddies, the ceilidh began. The ceilidh was very enjoyable, with the band playing all classic Scottish country dances and more, and the dance floor constantly full Everyone enjoyed themselves and can't wait for next year.
On the 26 of October a group of cadets from our squadron went to Muddy Boots farm and their Halloween event the Fright Farm. I wanted to go on this event as i like scare nights and it seemed like a lot of fun.
The night itself was extremely fun and we really enjoyed there were a number of different experiences such as a circus themed fright, a outdoor fright called tunnels and a nun themed fright to name a few
All cadets really enjoyed the event and we would all love to go again
On Sunday the 4th of November numerous cadets attended a ww1 centenary concert held in remembrance of 100 years since armistice day, 1918. The event was held in the Alhambra theater Dunfermline and consisted of the Kingdom Brass Band who played very well known pieces from ww1. Overall myself, many other cadets and their family s all enjoyed this thoroughly.
On the 10th of September, the squadron hosted a rank auction, where all the cadets were able to bid for a rank. The cadets would hold the rank they bought for the night, with all the benefits and responsibilities going with it. All money raised from the event went to the RAF 100 charities. Everyone enjoyed the night, those who bought ranks especially, but they also found a new appreciation for what NCOs contribute to the squadron.
On Saturday the 27th of October 2018 cpl Stephens, Cpl Solway, Cpl White, and Cdt McDonnell helped the squadron host a coffee morning at Rosyth Parish Church to raise money for the RAF 100 charities. this event started at 12pm, and lasted two hours finishing at 2. there were various stalls, a raffle, tea and coffee, and a bake sale. The day turned out to be quite quiet but we ended up raising a total of £75
on the 30th of October, Cpl Solway, Cpl Clough, Cdt McKenzie, Cdt Hynd and Cdt Tallis all participated in the inter-sqn cross country competition. Cpl's Solway and Clough and Cdt McKenzie ran a 5K course and cdt's Hynd and Tallis ran a course just short of 5K. The cadets had an overall good day and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. All cadets done very well in their categories, especially Cpl Solway who came 1st place in the junior women category and cdt McKenzie who came 2nd in the junior women category. They will both now go forward to represent wing in the beginning of the new year.
On Sunday the 2nd of September Cpl Stephens, cdt Mckenzie, cdt Brown, cdt Macdonnell, cdt Hynd and cdt panthri attended the inter-squadron swimming competition. Cdt Brown came 2nd in the under 16 butterfly and came 1st in the under 16 medley. Cpl Stephens came 2nd in the under 20 freestyle. They all really enjoyed themselves and are looking forward to do more inter-squadron sports.